78, of Honolulu, died November 15 at Straub Hospital, after a lengthy battle with pneumonia.
She was born to the late John and Kathryn Scott, May 18, 1933 in Washington, DC. Mary graduated from Washington Lee High School in Arlington, VA in 1951 and attended Florida Southern College, in Lakeland, Florida. She married Albert E. Howard, Jr. in 1953, they lived together in Miami, FL. They divorced after 24 years of marriage; Mary relocated to Honolulu and changed her name to Kim.
Kim was a real estate agent for, Dolman and Associates until she contracted spinal sarcoidosis in 1988, leaving her a quadriplegic. After attending, therapeutic art classes at the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, Kim realized she had a talent as a mouth painter. She applied for and obtained sponsorship from the MFPA, Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, an organization that enables artists who paint with either their mouth or foot to support themselves. She was passionate about making a difference in the lives of others with handicaps, she championed causes for the Americans with Disabilities and The Right to Life. She raised funds for Mbitini Gospel Baptist Schools an orphanage in Mbitini, Kenya.
Kim was an active member of Calvary By The Sea Lutheran Church. She loved to shop and you could often see her in Hawaii Kai with her beloved dog, Star, in her lap.
Kim is survived by four children: Laura Howard Curley, of Charleston, SC; Debra Howard Sorenson of Tangier, VA; Scott Howard of Nakomis, FL. and Forrestt Howard of Houston, TX. She also is survived by her sister, Kathryn Lyman of Coco, FL and seven grandchildren. Kim had many loving caregivers, including Arly Rodriguez and Kasko Amram.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to Mbitini Gospel Baptist Schools, PO Box 160849, Boiling Springs, SC 29316.
A memorial service will be held December 4th at 5 PM at Calvary By The Sea Lutheran Church, 5339 Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, HI.